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The Big Green Push To Get Rid of Coal Had The Opposite Effect - An Alleged Big Win To Eliminate Coal Turned Into A Bust And Then Some
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AlleyCat
2022-01-10 02:40:19 UTC
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The Big Green Push To Get Rid of Coal Had The Opposite Effect

An Alleged Big Win To Eliminate Coal Turned Into A Bust And Then Some

Coal Consumption

Investors Pushing Mining Giants to Quit Coal is Backfiring

Bloomberg has an interesting story on how Environmentalists Pushing Mining
Giants to Quit Coal has backfired.

It was supposed to be a big win for climate activists: another of the world's
most powerful mining companies had caved to investor demands that it stop
digging up coal.

Instead, Anglo American Plc's exit from coal has become a case study for
unintended consequences, transforming mines that were scheduled for eventual
closure into the engine room for a growth-hungry coal business.

And while it's a particularly stark example, it's not the only one. When rival
BHP Group was struggling to sell an Australian colliery this year, the company
surprised investors by applying to extend mining at the site by another two
decades - an apparent attempt to sweeten its appeal to potential buyers.

Now, after years of lobbying blue-chip companies to stop mining the most-
polluting fuel, there's a growing unease among climate activists and some
investors that the policy many of them championed could lead to more coal being
produced for longer.

BHP may end up holding on to the Australian mine it was battling to sell,
Bloomberg reported last week. Earlier this year, Glencore Plc sounded out a
major climate investor group before announcing it would increase its ownership
of a big Colombian coal mine, according to people familiar with the matter.

Not Just China

India now burns more coal than Europe and the U.S combined and miners are
betting on rising demand over the next decade from countries such as Vietnam,
Bangladesh and Indonesia, although pollution concerns and cheaper alternatives
threaten to derail those plans.

Tough to Eliminate Coal

The push to abandon coal made selling the mines difficult. So companies chose
to extend their life.

Developing countries that invested in coal-powered electrical plants that have
many years of useful life want reparations to develop new plants.

New wind and solar plants are cheaper but unreliable. And they are not cheaper
than plants already built.

Moreover, wind can die for days and solar has on average 12 hours a day of
outages.

This places additional capital investment requirements for countries to build
energy storage facilities.

Still Building

China alone is currently building or planning coal power plants that are the
equivalent of six times Germany's entire coal burning capacity.
Still Building Coal

It's tough to get rid of coal when you build more coal plants than you retire.

COP26

COP26 has concluded. I will do a separate report a bit later.

There were some alleged successes including a watered down pledge at the last-
minute to "phase down" rather than "phase out" coal.

This is considered a "success" because after weeks of bickering no statement at
all regarding coal was expected.

Credit India, with backing of China, for the watered down pledge on coal. That
alone should tell you what you need to know.

The biggest failure also relates to coal.

Rich countries did not make clear pledges to finance developing nations to the
tune of what developing nations demand.

Instead, nations promised to continue talking about funding for "loss and
damage associated with the adverse impacts of climate change".

That means developing nations will not make much if any effort to get off coal.

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The Global Average Temperature Dropped 0.29C Last Month - Now Sits At Just
0.08C Above The 30-Year Baseline

School Cancelled In Yakutia, Russia As Temperatures Plunge To -50C (-58F)

Record-Breaking Cold Continues To Grip Western Canada

"Red Alerts" Issued In India As Cold Wave Intensifies

Amid Freezing Lows & Energy Shortages, Europe Struggles To Keep The Lights On

Bhopal, India Suffers Lowest Temp In 55 Years

"Hazardous" Freeze To Hit The Prairies

Rare Polar Stratospheric Clouds Spotted

Europe Forecast A Bitterly Cold and Snowy Christmas

Colder Winter Headed For U.S. With Incoming 'Polar Vortex'

"Unprecedented" Cold Wave Is Hitting Scandinavia

Alaska Suffers "Persistent Record-Shattering Cold"

A Freezing Start To Winter Is "Rapidly Depleting" Europe's Gas Reserves

St. Petersburg's "Deep Freeze" Breaks 1893 Record

Sweden Busts All-Time December Low (-46.8F)

Bethel, Alaska Suffered Its Coldest November in 82 Years

Australia Suffered Coldest Nov Since 1999

Monthly Lows (And Rare Snows) Fall in Hawaii

Record Cold Grips Siberia (-68.3F)

Canada Sees Lowest November Temp Since 2004 (-45.6F)

Low Temperature Records Continue to Fall Across Europe

Australia's NSW Suffers Coldest November On Record

Record Lows Grip Europe

Sweden Registers -37.4C (-35.3F)

UK Schools Forced To Shut, + Bigger Freeze Inbound

Nordic Power Prices Surge On Sub-Zero Temps And Low Winds

Danger To Life' Warning Issued In Scotland

Spain Issues 'Cold Weather Alerts' - Restarts Old Coal Power Plant To Cope

In 2021 (To Date), A Total of 222 All-Time Low Temperature Records Have Been
Broken In The United States, Versus Just The 7 For All-Time High
AlleyCat
2022-01-10 02:40:20 UTC
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Germany: Coal Tops Wind As Primary Electricity Source

In the first half of 2021, coal shot up as the biggest contributor to Germany's
electric grid, while wind power dropped to its lowest level since 2018.
Officials say the weather is partly to blame.

A wind turbine stands in a field in front of a coal-fired power plant in
eastern Germany

Although Germany is looking to boost renewable energies, coal unseated wind
power as the country's main electricity source this year

Despite efforts to boost renewable energy sources, coal unseated wind power as
the biggest energy contributor to the German network in the first six months of
2021, according to official statistics released on Monday.

The data comes as Germany looks to speed up its exit from coal-powered plants
after years of mounting pressure from climate experts and activists over the
country's dependence on coal and its detrimental impact in fueling the climate
crisis.

But the latest figures also reveal the challenges that lie ahead with the
country's energy shift.
What did the data show?

Data published by the Federal Statistics Office (Destatis) found that the
production of electricity from "conventional" energy sources rose by 20.9% this
year, compared to the first half of 2020.

In total, conventional energy sources - including coal, natural gas and nuclear
energy - comprised 56% of the total electricity fed into Germany's grid in the
first half of 2021.

Coal was the leader out of the conventional energy sources, comprising over 27%
of Germany's electricity.

Wind power's contribution to the electric grid, on the other hand, dropped
significantly compared to the previous year - from 29% to 22%.

Wind had been the top producer of electricity, but has now logged its lowest
figures since 2018.
Why did renewable energy dip?

Renewable energies in total dropped during the first half of this year - going
from the top producers of electricity to comprising 44%.

But what led to wind power's sudden fall? Statistics officials said the weather
was partly to blame.

A lack of wind from January to March this year sharply reduced the amount of
electricity produced by Germany's wind turbines. In contrast, stormy weather in
the first quarters of 2019 and 2020 sharply boosted the electricity produced.

Germany is seeking to have wind, solar, biogas, and other renewable energy
sources play a bigger role, as the country looks to completely phase out
nuclear power by 2022 and coal-fired power plants by 2038.

rs/wmr (AFP, Reuters)
Watch video 06:51
Why Germany is not as green as you think

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Germany's more ambitious climate goals pressure industry to clean up

The 2030 targets are a "gigantic" task that will push the ex

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Hudson Bay Sea Ice Cover Same As That of the 1980s

WWII Plane Discovered Under 300 Feet of Ice In Greenland - If Greenland Is
LOSING Ice, HOW Can a Plane Get Buried 300 Feet Down?

Western Hudson Bay's "Polar Bear Viewing Season" Ends Early for the Third Year
in a Row because of Too Much Ice!

Greenland Gained 349 Billion Tonnes of Ice Over the Past Year + Record October
SMB Gains

2017 Airbus Engine Found Under 12-Feet of Greenland Ice

Antarctic Sea Ice Extent Currently Above 1981-2010 Average by 276,000 km2

NSIDC: 2020 Polar Ice Doing Just Fine

Polar Bear Viewing Season Ends Early for the Third Year in a Row because of Too
Much Ice!
AlleyCat
2022-01-10 02:40:21 UTC
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Europe's Energy Crisis: A Switch Back To Coal Is In The Cards

UK Among Nations Facing A 'Bleak Winter' With Consumers At Risk of Being Unable
To Heat Their Homes

European utility providers are preparing to switch to alternative energy
sources to meet demand, including carbon-rich coal, as gas supply problems
continue, analysts have said.

If energy providers are forced to compete for the limited amount of gas supply,
prices will continue to soar with costs "inevitably" passed down to consumers.

"The long and short of it is that, unless there is a mild winter or an ease in
demand, the EU utilities will have to look to alternative energy sources to
meet the demand," said Slava Kiryushin, global head of energy at DWF, an
international provider of legal and business services.

"While most may read 'alternative energy sources' as "renewables", the energy
market may have an alternative definition: coal."

While upping coal production will not be welcomed by many as Europe looks to
lower its carbon emissions to meet climate change targets, it is a far more
economic source of fuel, Mr Kiryushin said.

"It remains to be seen how the European utilities will balance the rise in
carbon emissions and consumer sentiment against the unavailability or
unaffordability of power from less carbon-intensive sources."

European coal lined up for delivery next year rose to its highest level since
2008 on Friday, on strong demand from power stations and low stockpiles.

Coal for Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Antwerp gained 2.6 per cent to $137 a tonne,
as soaring natural gas costs are continuing to push European utilities toward
coal-fired generation.
Coal will not entirely solve Europe's energy woes

However, coal does not entirely solve the continent's energy crisis as exports
of the commodity from Australia, South Africa and Colombia remain hampered by
the pandemic and supply chain challenges, compounding the effect of low Russian
supply.

"Stock levels across Europe are low and as on the gas market, coal supply from
Russia has fallen lately," trading group Energi Danmark said.

The European Commission is developing a "toolbox" of initiatives to help the
economic bloc tackle surging energy prices.

However, several countries are already applying national measures to protect
consumers from a sharp rise in bills with Spain, Italy, Greece and France
rolling out action such as subsidies and price caps in a bid to shield
consumers from rising costs.

On Friday, Iberdrola's chief executive Ignacio Galan said the situation would
normalise in five to six months, however, benchmark gas prices have more than
tripled this year.

With Europe's energy crisis dragging on, margins for next year are also
starting to favour coal-fired power, spurring utilities to restock.

With power generation from renewables not able to "meet the peak demand that a
cold winter could create", Mr Kiryshin said it would be "near impossible" to
create sufficient additional generation in such limited time.

"The next three to four months may lead to unexpected consequences for all
industries with a particular hit being taken by those that are energy
intensive," he said.
UK also turns to coal-fired power stations

Britain has also been forced to run coal-fired power stations to secure energy
supplies, electricity generation company Drax said.

The country is particularly exposed to Europe's energy crisis due to its
reliance on natural gas to generate electricity with the price of European gas
futures more than doubling since May.

"These facilities have fulfilled a critical role in keeping the lights on at a
time when the energy system is under considerable pressure," Drax said.

Drax, which owns the nation's biggest facility in Yorkshire in northern
England, had planned to switch from coal to biomass this year to help tackle
climate change.

The group could now extend the use of coal, chief executive Will Gardiner said.

"We're very aware that the country might have a significant problem and if
there's something Drax can do we will absolutely think about doing that," he
said.

Any delay could complicate Britain's plans to scrap coal-powered electricity
generation by October 2024, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government seeks
to reduce Britain's carbon emissions to net zero by 2050.
Wholesale gas prices fall as Norway increases flows

There was some respite for gas suppliers on Friday with British and European
wholesale gas prices falling for a third straight day as Norwegian gas flows
increased, alleviating some concerns over tight supplies this winter.

Norwegian flows to Europe stood at nearly 318 million cubic metres on Friday
morning, up from 289 mcm on Thursday, Refinitiv data showed.

"On the short end of the curve, increased supply from Norway and some very
windy autumn weather in Germany has limited the need for gas, but the low
storage levels and the ongoing concerns about Russia and the Nord Stream 2
pipeline continue to cause some uncertainty. Nonetheless, the market appears to
fall further early Friday," said analysts at Energi Danmark in a morning note.

From October 1, commercial flows will start on the 724-kilometre North Sea
Link, the world's longest sub-sea power cable, connecting British and Nordic
power markets for the first time.

Supply will initially be limited to about half of its 1,400-megawatt capacity,
with plans to gradually increase to full output by the start of next year.
A high pressure gas pipeline which runs through the Cheshire countryside in
England. Rising prices of natural gas in the UK are putting Britain's energy
sector under pressure. Getty Images

A high pressure gas pipeline which runs through the Cheshire countryside in
England. Rising prices of natural gas in the UK are putting Britain's energy
sector under pressure. Getty Images

For Norway, the timing is less of a boon, with a dry summer causing a huge
deficit in its traditionally plentiful hydropower resources. Low reservoirs at
home will limit producers' ability to export power to Britain. and mainland
Europe to slightly more than a third of maximum capacity this winter, said Olav
Johan Botnen, a senior analyst at Volue Insight.

"Almost all of that export will go to the UK this winter, as we expect prices
there to be higher than in the rest of Europe," he said.

Norway is already connected by sub-sea cables to Germany, the Netherlands and
Denmark, however, tempted by high power prices in Europe this summer, Norwegian
hydro producers exported more electricity than usual, while less rain than
normal curbed inflows to reservoirs. That left the Nordic region with a 22
terrawatt-hour deficit, Volue Insight data showed.

Even with reduced capacity, the interconnector can still help the UK tackle the
extreme prices with recent tests on the cable indicating it can alleviate or
exacerbate the pricing situation, depending on the direction of test flows.
Britain faces bleak winter

However, Britain will face a "tough winter" if temperatures are colder than
normal, Mr Gardiner said.

His comments echo the words of analysts as well as Britain's Business Secretary
Kwasi Kwarteng who also predicted a "very difficult winter" for many people in
Britain because of surging fuel prices.

Stock markets flashed red on Friday as the energy crisis coupled with soaring
inflation and supply chain problems indicated the difficult times ahead for
consumers, who face a higher cost of living through the colder months.

The regionwide STOXX 600 index slipped 0.78 per cent on Friday after a three-
day run of gains, while Britain's FTSE 100 also weakened as more gas companies
looked likely to go bust and UK energy suppliers warned that some consumers
would struggle to afford to heat their homes.

"Persistent and rising inflation would suggest that central banks have to act
soon to get the situation under control, which means interest rate hikes sooner
rather than later. There is a bleak winter ahead given pressure on energy
prices, supply chain problems and a sharp hike in the cost of living," said
Russ Mould, investment director at AJ Bell.

"All these factors threaten economic growth, so central banks have a fine line
to tread - raise rates too quickly and the economy could falter, but don't act
and risk inflation racing away."
The disused framework of the storage tank at a former gasworks in Brighton, UK.
Rising prices of natural gas in the UK have pushed several energy suppliers out
of business this year. Getty Images

The disused framework of the storage tank at a former gasworks in Brighton, UK.
Rising prices of natural gas in the UK have pushed several energy suppliers out
of business this year. Getty Images

With utility companies who had not already bought their gas now being forced to
pay more for it than they promised to sell it for, six UK energy suppliers
serving about 1.5 million households have gone out of business this month.

Energy companies' pleas for help from the UK government fell "on deaf ears",
said Peter McGirr, the boss of collapsed firm Green Energy.

The company was among the suppliers to go out of business in September with its
founder and chief executive now warning that "a majority" of the 40 energy
companies he has spoken to in recent days are likely to collapse without
further Government support.

UK energy supplier Symbio stopped accepting new customers on Friday citing
"technical issues" following Igloo, Ampower, Utilita and Neo Energy, who have
all decided to stop taking new customers.

The crisis is also hitting linked companies, such as auto-switching service
Flipper, which automatically changed customers to the cheapest deal on the
market and was forced to close on Thursday.

Alan Thomas, UK chief executive at Simply Business, says the rising gas prices
and energy bills will ultimately affect all small business owners who are
already struggling to recover from the economic fallout from Covid-19.

With SMEs already losing "an eye-watering" £126.6bn ($173.18bn) as a result of
the pandemic - equating to more than £22,500 each, said Mr Thomas, whose
company is one of the UK's largest providers of small business insurance, the
prospect of further financial challenges will be a blow.

"We've already seen the impact of rising gas prices on larger firms - with the
food and drink industry suffering in particular. Small businesses are also set
to feel the consequences, and reduced levels of cash-flow and liquidity will
only make things worse for many," he said.

"Why is this important? The UK's six million SMEs account for 99 per cent of
all businesses and contribute trillions of pounds to the UK economy. Put
simply, the UK's recovery depends on small businesses bouncing back."

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Global Warming Explains EVERYTHING!

Global Warming makes for shorter winters, except for when it makes for longer
winters.

Global Warming means less snow, except for when Global Warming means more snow.

And Global Warming causes droughts in California and floods in Texas and
Oklahoma and generally makes wet places wetter and dry places dryer, except
when it makes wet places drier and dry places wetter, except when none of that
changes at all, and then Global Warming explains that too!

And Global Warming causes more hurricanes at the same time as it causes less
hurricanes.

Global Warming causes more rain but less water... and less rain but more water?

Global Warming causes more water vapour in the atmosphere with more snow and
rain, at the same time it causes less water vapour in the atmosphere, with less
snow and rain?

Global Warming decreases the spread of malaria at the same time as it increases
the spread of malaria.

Global Warming makes San Francisco foggier... Global Warming makes San
Francisco less foggy.

Global Warming causes duller autumn leaves... Global Warming causes shinier
autumn leaves.

Global Warming makes for less salty seas... Global Warming makes for saltier
seas.

Global Warming causes the polar ice caps to melt... Global Warming also causes
the polar ice caps to freeze.

Global Warming makes the Earth hotter, unless the Earth isn't getting hotter...
in which case, Global Warming can explain that too.

What's the problem here? This sounds like the perfect scientific theory. It can
explain literally everything including self contradictory things.

This means it's absolutely perfect, doesn't it?

Well no, not according to Karl Popper and the philosophers of science and
within the philosophy of science there's something called the demarcation
problem... how do you differentiate science from pseudo-science?

The left won't LET you, and brands you a denierrrrrrr(whining).
AlleyCat
2022-01-10 02:40:23 UTC
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Climate Activist Europe Firing Up Coal Plants as Gas Shortage Bites

"HARSH winter"? HOW can we be having HARSH winters, when it's supposed to be

GLOBAL WARMING! GLOBAL WARMING! GLOBAL WARMING! GLOBAL WARMING! GLOBAL WARMING!

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HOW can Europe, a relatively cold winter place, be having HARSH winters, when

CLIMATE CHANGE! CLIMATE CHANGE! CLIMATE CHANGE! CLIMATE CHANGE! CLIMATE CHANGE!

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As Europe emerges from a harsh winter with depleted gas reserves, desperate
European governments are increasingly firing up old coal plants to bridge the
energy supply gap.

Gas Is So Scarce in Europe That Coal Is Making a Comeback

Market Trading Essentials

Europe is so short of natural gas that the continent - usually seen as the
poster child for the global fight against emissions - is turning to coal to
meet electricity demand that is now back to pre-pandemic levels.

Coal usage in the continent jumped 10% to 15% this year after a colder- and
longer-than-usual winter left gas storage sites depleted, said Andy Sommer,
team leader of fundamental analysis and modeling at Swiss trader Axpo Solutions
AG. As economies reopen and people go back to the office, countries like
Germany, the Netherlands and Poland turned to coal to keep the lights on.

...

"Energy demand has been pretty strong in Europe and we have seen a recovery
from the pandemic," Sommer said in an interview. "Gas storage is so low now
that Europe cannot afford to run extra power generation with the fuel."

...

"People thought Russia was going to book more capacity via Ukraine and that
just hasn't happened in a meaningful way," said Trevor Sikorski, head of
natural gas and energy transition at consultants Energy Aspects in London. "The
market is super tight, it's trying to get less gas into power."

...
Read more: https://www.markettradingessentials.com/2021/06/gas-is-so-scarce-in-
europe-that-coal-is-making-a-comeback/

Remember, these are the climate hypocrites who a few days ago issued a G7
communique declaring the end of coal.

JoNova reports the gas shortage is self inflicted. Harsh environmental rules
and public opposition to fracking appear to have crushed European domestic gas
investment. Nuclear power might have saved Europe, but anti-nuclear activism
and a pan-European obsession with unreliable green energy appears to be leaving
Europe utterly dependent on whether Russian President Putin decides to "book
more capacity via Ukraine".

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The UN Makes it Official: Global Warming Hysteria Is All About Redistributing
Wealth

UN IPCC Official Admits 'We Redistribute World's Wealth By Climate Policy'

Global Study Reveals Wealth Redistribution From Blue-Carbon Ecosystems

Failed Climate Policies Are About Wealth Redistribution

"We Redistribute De Facto The World's Wealth By Climate Policy."

How Global Warming Has Made The Rich Richer
https://www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20190502-how-global-warming-has-made-the-
rich-richer

The U.N.'s Global Warming War On Capitalism: An Important History Lesson
https://www.forbes.com/sites/larrybell/2013/01/22/the-u-n-s-global-warming-war-
on-capitalism-an-important-history-lesson-2/?sh=4f89a2d429be

The Doha Wealth Redistribution Process Moves On
https://townhall.com/columnists/davidrothbard/2012/12/14/the-doha-wealth-
redistribution-process-moves-on-n1465410

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"There is no doubt, that we need to have a complete transformation... the
transformation of the economy, and that includes, of course, the private
sector."

A carbon tax will change NOTHING, other than the wealth of politicians and
countries who beg us for money. THAT was the purpose of the Paris Accord...
the ONLY purpose.

Funny... when the government no longer pays for bogus money-grabbing data, the
truth comes out.

"It's all about money in the end. Keeping the Gravy Train running."


"And we're like... the world is going to end in 12 years if we don't address
climate change..."

AOC's Top Aide Admits Green New Deal About The Economy, Not Climate
https://www.foxnews.com/politics/aocs-top-aide-admits-green-new-deal-
about-the-economy-not-the-climate

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's chief of staff recently admitted that the
Green New Deal was not conceived as an effort to deal with climate change,
but instead a "how-do-you-change-the-entire economy thing" -- a remark
likely to fuel Republican claims that the deal is nothing more than a
thinly veiled socialist takeover of the U.S. economy.

"The interesting thing about the Green New Deal is it wasn't originally a
climate thing at all," Saikat Chakrabarti said in May, according to The
Washington Post.

*****

UN Official Admits That Climate Change Used As A Ruse To Control The
World's Economy
http://www.nowtheendbegins.com/diabolical-lie-called-climate-change-used-
un-promote-economic-agenda/

*****

"Unequal Distribution of Wealth and Power" Causes Climate Change
http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2015/11/un-climate-summit-causes-of-
climate-change-unequal-distribution-of-wealth-and-power/

*****

U.N. Official Reveals Real Reason Behind Warming Scare
http://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/climate-change-scare-tool-to-
destroy-capitalism/

*****

Another Climate Alarmist Admits Real Motive Behind Warming Scare
http://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/another-climate-alarmist-
admits-real-motive-behind-warming-scare/

*****

United Nations Official Admits the Purpose of the Global Warming Hoax is
to Destroy Capitalism
http://lubbockonline.com/interact/blog-post/donald-r-may/2015-02-
27/united-nations-official-admits-purpose-global-warming#.V-nGUOM1HmE
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Greece Puts Coal Power Plants Shut Down in 2019 Back Into Operation...

Why?

To Avert Winter Blackouts!

By P Gosselin on 8. December 2021

Greek green follies fail... a U-turn back to coal

Until recently, Greece was one of the largest operators of lignite-fired power
plants in Europe, but in 2019 the new government took on the goal of shutting
down all coal-fired power plants by 2023 and going green by 2030.

But that has turned out to be easier said than done. Greece now is putting
lignite-fired power plants back into operation after a recent study by Greek
electricity regulator RAE found the supply was at risk, especially in the cold
winter months - due to the lack of reliable baseload power supply.

Natural gas too expensive

"With the rapid shutdown of the coal-fired power plants, electricity generation
by gas-fired power plants in Greece rose to a total of 42 percent. However,
Greece does not have natural gas reserves and therefore has to import the gas
at a high price, making the price of electricity increasingly expensive and
unaffordable for many Greeks." reports Blackout News here. "Now the government
is making a U-turn and wants to put the lignite-fired power plants that have
already been shut down back into operation. For this reason, it is having the
already dismantled power plants rebuilt."

Expensive energy folly

In 2019, the new Greek government had the brilliant idea of shutting down all
coal plants and going green - but wound up having to burn expensive gas and
realizing it was costing too much. In summary: Dismantle the coal plants, use
something that doesn't work, and now go back to coal: An expensive and totally
unnecessary energy folly.

Still, the Greek government still aims to change over more to wind and solar
and so has already passed a new law to reduce the approval process for wind
farms on the islands in the Aegean Sea to 150 days instead of several years.

Environmentalists against wind Aegean wind farms - no investors

Yet Blackout News reports that environmentalists are critical of wind farms in
the Aegean Sea, especially Greenpeace Greece, who complain there's neither any
real planning nor designated areas where wind farms could be built.

Moreover, wind park construction licenses were granted for the island of
Amorgos. "However, the plants have not been built to date. The potential
investors have probably lost interest," reports Blackout News.

So until they figure it all out, coal will be keeping the Greeks warm and the
lights on.

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The Global Average Temperature Dropped 0.29C Last Month - Now Sits At Just
0.08C Above The 30-Year Baseline

School Cancelled In Yakutia, Russia As Temperatures Plunge To -50C (-58F)

Record-Breaking Cold Continues To Grip Western Canada

"Red Alerts" Issued In India As Cold Wave Intensifies

Amid Freezing Lows & Energy Shortages, Europe Struggles To Keep The Lights On

Bhopal, India Suffers Lowest Temp In 55 Years

"Hazardous" Freeze To Hit The Prairies

Rare Polar Stratospheric Clouds Spotted

Europe Forecast A Bitterly Cold and Snowy Christmas

Colder Winter Headed For U.S. With Incoming 'Polar Vortex'

"Unprecedented" Cold Wave Is Hitting Scandinavia

Alaska Suffers "Persistent Record-Shattering Cold"

A Freezing Start To Winter Is "Rapidly Depleting" Europe's Gas Reserves

St. Petersburg's "Deep Freeze" Breaks 1893 Record

Sweden Busts All-Time December Low (-46.8F)

Bethel, Alaska Suffered Its Coldest November in 82 Years

Australia Suffered Coldest Nov Since 1999

Monthly Lows (And Rare Snows) Fall in Hawaii

Record Cold Grips Siberia (-68.3F)

Canada Sees Lowest November Temp Since 2004 (-45.6F)

Low Temperature Records Continue to Fall Across Europe

Australia's NSW Suffers Coldest November On Record

Record Lows Grip Europe

Sweden Registers -37.4C (-35.3F)

UK Schools Forced To Shut, + Bigger Freeze Inbound

Nordic Power Prices Surge On Sub-Zero Temps And Low Winds

Danger To Life' Warning Issued In Scotland

Spain Issues 'Cold Weather Alerts' - Restarts Old Coal Power Plant To Cope

In 2021 (To Date), A Total of 222 All-Time Low Temperature Records Have Been
Broken In The United States, Versus Just The 7 For All-Time High
AlleyCat
2022-01-10 02:45:40 UTC
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Europe Forced To Burn Coal After Historically Cold Winter And Spring Depleted
Gas Supplies

Wait... what!!??

"HISTORICALLY COLD winter AND Spring"? HOW can we be having HISTORICALLY COLD
winter AND Springs, when it's supposed to be...

GLOBAL WARMING! GLOBAL WARMING! GLOBAL WARMING! GLOBAL WARMING! GLOBAL WARMING!

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HOW can Europe, a relatively cold winter place, be having an HISTORICALLY COLD
winter AND Spring, when...

CLIMATE CHANGE! CLIMATE CHANGE! CLIMATE CHANGE! CLIMATE CHANGE! CLIMATE CHANGE!

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European utilities have had to step up coal use as natural gas inventories run
unusually low for this time of the year due to the continent's historically
chilly late-winter and spring - once again, it's coal to the rescue.

In 2021, and despite the record-high carbon price in Europe, the use of coal
for power generation has jumped by as much as 15%, according to Andy Sommer,
head of analysis at Swiss trader Axpo Solutions on Tuesday.

"Gas storage is so low now that Europe cannot afford to run extra power
generation with the fuel," he said.

According to the analysts, natural gas stockpiles are currently some 25 percent
below the five-year average - and as a result, utilities are running more and
more coal-fired plants for power generation.

Following the harsh winter of 2020-21, Europe was forced to restock its natural
gas supplies after the brutal and prolonged chill drained inventories.

And then, with spring turning out to be a no-show -with multidecadal cold-
records falling in almost every European nation- the continent took the unusual
step of taking additional withdrawals from storage.

"A cold snap in April caused a counter-seasonal net withdrawal of inventory,
worsening the storage situation which for several months has been running below
seasonal averages," Wood Mackenzie said in its Q2 LNG short-term trade and
price outlook at the end of May.

As a result of the low levels of natural gas, the price of the Dutch TTF gas
(the European benchmark) has rallied by over 50 percent so far in 2021, leaving
prices at the highest level for late-spring since the 2008 financial crash.

With the ultra-tight gas market, power generation from coal is rising sharply
across Europe, despite the record-high EU carbon price, which exceeded US$60.50
(50 euro) per ton in May.

The current power mix in Europe is indicative of the ridiculous and downright
dangerous game the European Union is playing in its callous attempt to 'green'
its grids in order to tackle the fake 'climate crisis.'

We now live in a perverse reality where failed computer modelling trumps real-
world observations, where 'catastrophic global warming' makes all the headlines
yet behind the scenes entire continents are forced into recommissioning coal-
fired plants to keep their citizens alive during season-spanning freezes; and
on top of that, ordinary folks have no choice but to pay through the nose for
the privilege of heating their own homes due to cruel and absurd carbon taxes.

This, it appears, is the grand plan - and it's working perfectly: fuel poverty
is just around the corner for hundreds of millions of everyday people.

Prepare.


Turning our attention across the pond, coal use for power generation is also on
the rise in the United States, where the price rally in natural gas is
discouraging gas-fired electricity generation and is set to give coal a boost
this summer.

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Winter Returns To North America - April 14th

Australia - "Worst Frosts in Decades"

Cold Ravages Europe With "Agricultural Disaster" Declared In France, As Record
Cold Hits UK

Slovenia Suffers Coldest April Temp In History

Europe's Polar Cold To Intensify Through April, As North America Braces For A
Similar Fate - Grand Solar Minimum

Switzerland Registers Coldest Spell in 3-Decades

European Fruit Shortage Expected

Spring Freeze Shortens Fall Apple Season For Indiana Orchards: "It's the Worst
We've Seen In Decades"

Record Low November Temperatures Sweep Delhi, India

Spain Records Its Coldest-Ever Temperature

Record October Lows/Snows Threaten Majority of North America as Arctic Air
Prepares to Plunge South

The UK Records Its Coldest September Temperature in 23 Years

Colorado's Historic October Cold, Turns Deadly

According to the MSM, Global Warming Could Still Make It Too COLD to Grow
Citrus Fruits In Southeast U.S.

5th Cold Spring In A Row

Bone-Chilling Cold Sweeps Northeast Russia, Records from the 1950s and 60s Fall

Record Spring Cold Sweeps Brazil + a Continent-Wide Polar Blast On Course to
Hit South America

100-Year-Old Cold Records Smashed In Reno, Nevada - This Simply Should Not Be
Happening In a Warming World

Record Cold Hits the Russian Arctic Coast

Extreme Cold Blamed for 17 Deaths in Midwest, Northeast; Frostbite Injuries
Quickly Adding Up in Chicago

North America Has Set 233 New All-Time Monthly Low Temperature Records In May
(So Far) vs. Just The 18 Record Highs

China Plans Record LNG Imports to Battle Unprecedented Cold

Lake Tahoe Sets Its 3rd Record Low In a Week As Unprecedented November Cold
Lingers In The West

Record Lows Sweep Northeastern United States

Delhi Just Shivered Through Its Coldest Month of October Since 1962

Killing Freeze Hits Kansas As All-Time Cold Records Fall

New Records - Records Fall Across India

Why Is North America Immune to Global Warming?

Arctic April Grips North America Breaking Hundreds of All-Time Cold Records

Over the Past 7 Days, the United States Broke 3,782 Low Temperature Records Vs
Just the 518 Max

Unseasonable, Record-Breaking Cold Across Country Blamed For at Least 8 Deaths
- Record-Breaking Cold Blast Grips Over 200 Million Across The Country

Parts Of UK And US Suffer Their Lowest May Temperatures On Record

The United States (Lower-48) Just Set Its Coldest Temperature Ever Recorded
This Early In the Season

Australia: December 1st Threatens Record Cold And Rare Summer Snow

Hundreds of All-Time Records Fall Across North America: "This Cold Weather Is
Not Normal!"

Lamestream Media Blames The East's Heat On "Climate Change" While Ignoring The
West's Dominating Cold

Calgary Ties Its Longest Streak Below 20C (68F) In Recorded History

The All-Time Record For 'Coldest High Temperature' Also Fell On Monday

Extreme Cold Kills 900+ Trees in Montana City - November 4, 2020

Northwest Territories to Suffer "Colder-Than-Average Winter," Warns Environment
And Climate Change Canada

A Staggering 23 Norwegian Weather Stations Logged Their COLDEST-EVER July
Temperature Last Month

Unprecedented Spring Snow Hits Parts of Australia As Regions Suffer Their
Coldest September Temperatures Ever Recorded

Australia To Suffer Yet Another Continent-Wide Icy Blast ? Low Temperature
Records Will Be 'Shattered'

Prepare for More Extreme Cold Weather in Yucatan, Mexico Warns Meteorologist

Severe Spring Frosts Destroy Crops Across Europe

The Month of May Brings Record (Sometimes Historic) Cold To Both Hemispheres

20+ Weather Stations Across China Equal/Break Lowest-Ever Temperature Records
for Month of December

Denver Obliterates All-Time Low Temperature Records In Weather Books Dating
Back 148 Years

Century-old "LOWS" Follow Century-old "SNOWS" across Michigan's Upper Peninsula

France Is Suffering Its Coldest Start to Fall Since 1998, With Additional
Arctic Blasts Forecast

Cold, Snow, And Epic Flooding: "the Weather In Slovakia Is Reminiscent of the
Apocalypse"

Antarctica Just Set Its Coldest March Temperature On Record: A Global Warming
Destroying -75.3C (-103.5F)"

UK Set For Its Coldest October On Record

Delhi Suffers Coldest Month of November In 71 Years, Since Before The Birth of
The Indian Republic

Katesbridge, Ireland Just Recorded September Temperature of All-Time

Global Temperatures Suffer Second Largest Two Month Drop In Recorded History

Arctic Freeze Set to Break 142-Year-Old Low Temperature Record In Cheyenne, WY

In The Land of The Drought And Heat - Multiple Cold Records Fell In California
Monday
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The Global Average Temperature Dropped 0.29C Last Month - Now Sits At Just
0.08C Above The 30-Year Baseline

School Cancelled In Yakutia, Russia As Temperatures Plunge To -50C (-58F)

Record-Breaking Cold Continues To Grip Western Canada

"Red Alerts" Issued In India As Cold Wave Intensifies

Amid Freezing Lows & Energy Shortages, Europe Struggles To Keep The Lights On

Bhopal, India Suffers Lowest Temp In 55 Years

"Hazardous" Freeze To Hit The Prairies

Rare Polar Stratospheric Clouds Spotted

Europe Forecast A Bitterly Cold and Snowy Christmas

Colder Winter Headed For U.S. With Incoming 'Polar Vortex'

"Unprecedented" Cold Wave Is Hitting Scandinavia

Alaska Suffers "Persistent Record-Shattering Cold"

A Freezing Start To Winter Is "Rapidly Depleting" Europe's Gas Reserves

St. Petersburg's "Deep Freeze" Breaks 1893 Record

Sweden Busts All-Time December Low (-46.8F)

Bethel, Alaska Suffered Its Coldest November in 82 Years

Australia Suffered Coldest Nov Since 1999

Monthly Lows (And Rare Snows) Fall in Hawaii

Record Cold Grips Siberia (-68.3F)

Canada Sees Lowest November Temp Since 2004 (-45.6F)

Low Temperature Records Continue to Fall Across Europe

Australia's NSW Suffers Coldest November On Record

Record Lows Grip Europe

Sweden Registers -37.4C (-35.3F)

UK Schools Forced To Shut, + Bigger Freeze Inbound

Nordic Power Prices Surge On Sub-Zero Temps And Low Winds

Danger To Life' Warning Issued In Scotland

Spain Issues 'Cold Weather Alerts' - Restarts Old Coal Power Plant To Cope

In 2021 (To Date), A Total of 222 All-Time Low Temperature Records Have Been
Broken In The United States, Versus Just The 7 For All-Time High
Unum
2022-01-10 05:06:49 UTC
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https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/specials/clean-tech/how-dirty-coal-power-is-taking-a-beating/article38202365.ece

Finance is deserting coal. Since 2015, 326 GW of proposed coal plants in India
had to be cancelled because financiers — mainly public sector banks — who
earlier supported this sector are abandoning it.

Their retreat is essentially because coal is getting pricey and cheaper
renewables, despite their problem of intermittency, are preferred. Given the
current financial distress that state government-owned electricity
distribution companies are in, they can hardly opt for pricier coal when
cheaper renewable energy is available.

India has about 33-34 GW of coal plants under construction and another 29 GW
in the ‘pre-construction’ stage, but much of this risks getting stranded
before completion. “Coal-fired power plants simply cannot compete with the
ongoing cost reductions in renewables,” says Kashish Shah, research analyst at
the Institute of Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). “Solar
tariffs in India are now below even the fuel costs of running most existing
coal-fired power plants,” Shah said in a June 2021 press release.

For well over a year, there has been no announcement of a new coal-fired power
plant; there has been no significant progress in those under construction, say
experts.
AlleyCat
2022-01-10 05:24:39 UTC
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On Sun, 9 Jan 2022 23:06:49 -0600, Unum says...
Post by Unum
Finance is deserting coal.
But Europe, Russia, America, India and China aren't.

Coal Use Now Makes Up 22% Of US Power Grid

How much does solar and wind?

The Department of Energy reported that the percentage of the U.S. power grid
that relies on coal has gone up throughout 2021. It estimates that by the end
of the year, coal will make up 22% of U.S. energy consumption, a 4% rise from
2020 and the first year-on-year increase since 2014.

A rise in coal use?

https://www.ibtimes.com/coal-use-now-makes-22-us-power-grid-despite-bidens-
clean-energy-agenda-3320823

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Coal On Track To Break Records Despite Efforts To Curb Production
By Felicity Bradstock - Dec 22, 2021, 11:00 AM CST

Coal has experienced a dramatic rebound this year, with production levels set
to hit an all-time high in 2021.
The surge in demand is largely due to the faster-than-expected global economic
recovery following the Covid-19 pandemic.
China and India are the world's two largest coal producers, making up two-
thirds of global coal demand.

https://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/Coal-On-Track-To-Break-Records-
Despite-Efforts-To-Curb-Production.html

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Global coal use rises despite pledge to cut emissions

Coal-fuelled generation is set to jump 9% from last year, according to an IEA
report, threatening the world's trajectory to reach net-zero emissions by 2050

17 December 2021 - 10:11 Todd Gillespie

https://www.businesslive.co.za/bloomberg/news/2021-12-17-global-coal-use-rises-
despite-pledge-to-cut-emissions/

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The World Is Burning The Most Coal Ever To Keep The Lights On

By Todd Gillespie Bloomberg News Dec 18, 2021

The world likely will generate more electricity from the dirtiest source this
year than ever before, indicating just how far the energy transition still
needs to run in the fight against climate change.

Coal-fueled generation is set to jump 9 percent from last year, according to an
International Energy Agency report released Friday. That U-turn from the
declines of the previous two years threatens the world's trajectory to reach
net-zero emissions by 2050, the organization said.

The U.S. and European Union had the biggest increases in coal use at about 20
percent each, followed by India at 12 percent and China - the world's largest
consumer - at 9 percent, the IEA estimated. The comeback is being driven by
economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, which is outpacing the ability of
low-carbon energy sources to maintain supply.

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The Global Average Temperature Dropped 0.29C Last Month - Now Sits At Just
0.08C Above The 30-Year Baseline

School Cancelled In Yakutia, Russia As Temperatures Plunge To -50C (-58F)

Record-Breaking Cold Continues To Grip Western Canada

"Red Alerts" Issued In India As Cold Wave Intensifies

Amid Freezing Lows & Energy Shortages, Europe Struggles To Keep The Lights On

Bhopal, India Suffers Lowest Temp In 55 Years

"Hazardous" Freeze To Hit The Prairies

Rare Polar Stratospheric Clouds Spotted

Europe Forecast A Bitterly Cold and Snowy Christmas

Colder Winter Headed For U.S. With Incoming 'Polar Vortex'

"Unprecedented" Cold Wave Is Hitting Scandinavia

Alaska Suffers "Persistent Record-Shattering Cold"

A Freezing Start To Winter Is "Rapidly Depleting" Europe's Gas Reserves

St. Petersburg's "Deep Freeze" Breaks 1893 Record

Sweden Busts All-Time December Low (-46.8F)

Bethel, Alaska Suffered Its Coldest November in 82 Years

Australia Suffered Coldest Nov Since 1999

Monthly Lows (And Rare Snows) Fall in Hawaii

Record Cold Grips Siberia (-68.3F)

Canada Sees Lowest November Temp Since 2004 (-45.6F)

Low Temperature Records Continue to Fall Across Europe

Australia's NSW Suffers Coldest November On Record

Record Lows Grip Europe

Sweden Registers -37.4C (-35.3F)

UK Schools Forced To Shut, + Bigger Freeze Inbound

Nordic Power Prices Surge On Sub-Zero Temps And Low Winds

Danger To Life' Warning Issued In Scotland

Spain Issues 'Cold Weather Alerts' - Restarts Old Coal Power Plant To Cope

In 2021 (To Date), A Total of 222 All-Time Low Temperature Records Have Been
Broken In The United States, Versus Just The 7 For All-Time High

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